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post #1 of 11 Old 07-18-2011, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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rear legs swollen

I will 1st say that it is extrememly hot here so horses have been standing in barn and not moving around much. Today I noticed my horses rear legs were quit swollen and warm from just above the hock all the way down her leg. Exercise seemed to help minimally. I had called the vet and they were not available when I was. Has anyone seen this. I exercised her more tonight but it is no where near normal. If it was stocked up I would think there would be some swelling on the front also??
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-19-2011, 09:43 AM
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My TB normally only stocks up in his back....however, his legs are never warm. I don't know how long you worked him, but it usually takes my boy about 45 minutes for the swelling to dissipate.
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Is there any way she could be foundering? When my gelding foundered his rear legs swelled up just as you explaned.
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Though it seems logical stocking up does not have to happen evenly. Lots of things affect how a horse stocks up.

You say they are hot, are they more hot than the other legs?

The swelling does go down with exercise? The horse is sound?
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The swelling went down with exercise, they are warmer than front leg. I am waiting for the vet today. When I lunged her this morning she fell all the way down on her front end.
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Oh no, you could cold hose her legs while you are waiting to give her some relief. I wonder what the vet will say.
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Hope all goes well with the vet and please let us know what he says!


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So it sounds like there is more going on then just some leg swelling.

Glad you got in touch with the vet. Let us know how it goes.
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-19-2011, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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update: The vet thinks it is heat related at this point. I have her on banamine and her swelling has gone down a bunch. She isn't sweating like the other horses and is hotter so I just put a mister out her stall and a fan in her stall.
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